Four ‘back to school’ beauty hacks – stock up during the Meijer Fall Beauty Week!

Four Back-to-School beauty hacks!It’s the end of the summer season and time to refresh your beauty products for fall. Meijer’s annual Fall Beauty Week is coming up – September 11 through the 17th – with tons of products on sale including skin care, cosmetics, and hair care. There are four essential items that you need for your backpack, locker, dufflebag or desk to be sure you look your best while also saving precious time. They will all be on sale during the Fall Beauty Week so get your shopping list started now!                                                                        samples

Scunci No-Slip Grip Headbands

Scunci No-Slip Grip Headbands

Goody Ouchless Reversible Comfort Headwrap

Goody Ouchless Reversible Comfort Headwrap

Goody Ouchless Reversible Comfort Headwrap

Goody Ouchless Reversible Comfort Headwrap

1. Ensure a great hair day with headbands. My picks – Scunci No-Slip Grip Headbands and Goody Ouchless Reversible Comfort Headwrap. The Scunci No-Slip Grip Headbands are thin and are perfect time savers in the morning, plus they won’t slip off during workouts. I love the versatility of the Goody Ouchless Reversible Comfort Headwrap, which is also terrific for keeping hair out of your face when cleansing or applying treatments and masks.

Back to school beauty hack:  Wash your hair at night to save time in the morning.  Put your towel dried hair into a loose bun or ponytail wrapped with a soft headband for soft, beachy waves when you wake up.

Covergirl Tru Blend Liquid Makeup in M2

Covergirl Tru Blend Liquid Makeup in M2

Covergirl Tru Blend Liquid Makeup in M2

Covergirl Tru Blend Liquid Makeup in M2

2.  Get a great complexion with no-fuss foundation. My pick – Covergirl Tru Blend Liquid Makeup in M2. This liquid foundation truly looks natural thanks to cutting edge pigment technology. It lasts all day with or without a primer, and does a great job of making imperfect skin look almost flawless.

Back to school beauty hack:  Even if you are running late, you have time to put on foundation. Forget about brushes or sponges – just put a pump or two on your palms, rub together to warm up, then pat on your face. Voila – instant perfect skin that looks natural and buffed in seconds. (Just remember to wash your hands after!)

L'Oreal Brow Stylist Designer Eyebrow Pencil

L’Oreal Brow Stylist Designer Eyebrow Pencil

L'Oreal Brow Stylist Designer Eyebrow Pencil in 305 Blonde

L’Oreal Brow Stylist Designer Eyebrow Pencil in 305 Blonde

L'Oreal Brow Stylist Designer Eyebrow Pencil

L’Oreal Brow Stylist Designer Eyebrow Pencil

3.  Don’t forget your brows! You can get great brows in seconds. My pick – L’Oreal Brow Stylist Designer Eyebrow Pencil. Groomed brows make a huge difference and they are easier to do than you think. Using the pencil end, make short strokes that are about the length of actual brow hair to fill in sparse areas, then use the spoolie to blend in.

Back to school beauty hack: Always brush brow hair straight up for the best eye-opening look.

NYX Butter Gloss in Merengue

NYX Butter Gloss in Merengue

NYX Butter Gloss in Merengue

NYX Butter Gloss in Merengue

4.  Brighten your look instantly with lip gloss  My pick – NYX Butter Gloss in Merengue. There’s a reason your mother always said never leave the house without lipstick. Seriously, if you are only going to do one thing it should be your lips. Lipstick can be tricky to apply without a mirror, but lip gloss takes less precision. The NYX Butter Gloss is fantastic. It’s moisturizing and has great slip without any stickiness.  It comes in lots of gorgeous shades but I especially love the pretty pink of Merengue.

Back to school beauty hack:  Smaller tubes of lip gloss are the best! They save you money because you will definitely use the entire product before it goes bad.

Don’t forget, all four of these essential beauty products are on sale during the Meijer Fall Beauty Week from September 11 through the 17th. Put them on your shopping list – I know you will love them for all your back to school needs.  – Lisa

*post sponsored by Meijer, all opinions and advice my own!

More than a mascara…Peter Lamas Lash Masque

Peter Lamas Lash MasqueI am usually a ‘bigger is better’ girl when it comes to mascara – I want longer lashes, thicker lashes, all the drama I can get. So I didn’t think I would like the Peter Lamas Lash Masque ($22) as a mascara…but surprisingly this has quickly become a favorite of mine.

Peter Lamas Lash Masque

Peter Lamas Lash Masque

The Lash Masque actually does three things:

  1.  As a mascara, it slightly tints lashes with natural extracts, separates, lengthens, and gives a very pretty natural look. It’s not drama, but it’s way better than my lashes on their own. I really like this on weekends or when I am in a hurry because I don’t have to be careful when I apply it and it goes on quickly and easily.
  2. It’s a great primer and lash conditioner. If I am feeling fancy, I use this first then use my mascara. Then it does give me even more drama! The masque doesn’t have any chemicals to dry out lashes, so it conditions them, promotes healthy lashes, and reduces lash fallout.
  3. Lash Masque is a terrific brow gel! I have been using it every day to darken my brows and brush them into place.
Peter Lamas Lash Masque

Peter Lamas Lash Masque

Ingredients include Spirulina, Biotin, Panthenol, and natural proteins to repair, strengthen and improve lash growth and thickness. Vitamin E, Vitamin A, and Almond Oils coat each lash to condition and protect from damage

The Lash Masque is 100% vegan, sulfate-free, petrochemical-free and paraben-free. With three great reasons to try out the Lash Masque, why wait? Head on over to peterlamas.com to get a tube for yourself.  – Lisa

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IT Cosmetics 5 Superstars & More 6 Piece Collection TSV for 11/20 #ITSuperstars

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We love IT Cosmetics and we love the QVC Today’s Special Value sets, so when these stars collide it’s time to break out that credit card. The latest TSV special is the IT Cosmetics TSV 6-Piece Holiday Set – sold separately, the six items would set you back $185. For one day, you can have it all for $59.94 – a really incredible price for six essential IT Cosmetics products. The Today’s Special Value offer on November 20th ends at 11:59 pm PT. Don’t be late to the party.

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While IT Cosmetics has been a huge favorite of ours for years, Lisa and Marcia have certain products that they consider to be essential. Read on for their take on these six IT Cosmetics superstars.

LISA’S PICKS:

I always have a tube of Bye Bye Undereye Anti-Aging Concealer  on hand. I’ve used this full coverage concealer for years and it is one of the best out there. It looks natural but covers even the darkest of undereye circles.

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Undereye Concealer

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Undereye Concealer

I have also gone through several pans of the Celebration Foundation Illumination. This is a soft, creamy, full coverage powder foundation that doesn’t make my face look dry. I swirl it on with a fluffy brush to cover all imperfections, plus it provides great sun protection. I use it all the time as a setting powder over liquid foundation, too.

IT Cosmetics Celebration Foundation in Medium

IT Cosmetics Celebration Foundation in Medium

I am a sucker for lava lamps and mood rings, so the Vitality Lip Flush 4-in-1 Reviver Lipstick Stain in Je Ne Sais Quoi is a big favorite just because the final color varies depending on body chemistry. This lipstick is actually four products in one: lipstick, antiaging conditioning lip balm, hydrating lip gloss, and a lip stain. The ingredients, including vitamins A, C, and E, hydrate, condition, and minimize the appearance of wrinkles. The initial shine gradually wears off, leaving an even, long-wearing stain.

IT Cosmetics Je Ne Sais Quoi

IT Cosmetics Je Ne Sais Quoi

MARCIA’S PICKS:

I think I’ve talked about Hello Lashes 5-in-1 Volumizing Mascara at least 500 times because it’s that good. There are several products that I can’t live without, including the Bye-Bye Eyes Concealer, and Hello Lashes 5-in-1 Volumizing Mascara is one of them. Since this set is the Superstar set they just had to include this and I’m very happy that they did. This is more than a mascara – it’s a conditioning primer, lash enhancing serum, lash tint and lash comb/curler all wrapped up in one special mascara. The Lash Ball Detailer on the top is there to add length, volume and to separate.

IT Cosmetics Hello Lashes 5-in-1 Volumizing Mascara

IT Cosmetics Hello Lashes 5-in-1 Volumizing Mascara

Another Superstar is the Brow Power Universal Eyebrow Pencil which receives awards from QVC year after year. The wind up pencil is a universal color made to match all hair color. It adheres well to your skin and helps cover gray in case you have that problem. The fine point makes it easy to draw in hairs too. The spoolie on the opposite helps start or finish your eyebrows so they look perfect.

IT Cosmetics Brow Power Universal Eyebrow Pencil.

IT Cosmetics Brow Power Universal Eyebrow Pencil.

I’m a giant fan of IT Cosmetics brushes and the fabulous new Heavenly Luxe Master Brush is worth the price of this TSV all by itself. Once you touch this brush you won’t turn back to an ordinary brush. It’s a synthetic brush, since everything from IT Cosmetics is cruelty free, that is custom cut to form the unique head. Besides feeling heavenly the uses are heavenly too. Use it with the Celebration Foundation that is one of the Superstar items but also use it with your favorite foundations, concealers, blushes, bronzer and finishing powders. This is going to be a workhorse for you but it will feel like a work kitty.

IT Cosmetics Superstar TSV for November 20, 2015

IT Cosmetics Superstar TSV for November 20, 2015

These 5 Superstar products plus the Heavenly Luxe Master Brush (which will surely become a Superstar) make up this special TSV. The price of this set is amazing since you’ll receive old favorites as well as new ones that will become favorites. Jump on it Friday, November 20, 2015 at midnight EST and during the day so your foundation and concealer shade doesn’t sell out.

#ITSuperstars

A270192 for single delivery or A274310 for auto delivery.

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The right tools make a difference…Chella Beautiful Eyebrow Tools

Chella Beautiful Eyebrow Tool Set

Chella Beautiful Eyebrow Tool Set

What is the most neglected facial feature? Eyebrows. I see people (including celebs at red carpet events) who do full on glamour makeup but don’t even touch their eyebrows. Sheer craziness since beautiful brows make a huge difference on every face. You can’t get great brows without the right tools and Chella sent these three essentials that are also available as a set.

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The Beautiful Eyebrow Tool Set currently available on the Chella website has a case to hold all the tools and the price is $45. The set I was sent to test doesn’t have a case and I don’t see it for sale on the website. You can get the set pictured above, or you can buy the tools separately.

Chella Brow Tools

Chella Brow Tools

Three essential tools for creating beautiful brows include tweezers, a brush/comb/razor, and scissors.

Chella Tweezers

Chella Tweezers

Tweezing stray hairs is the first step, and there is nothing more frustrating than a bad set of tweezers. I love the Chella Tweezers. The unique shape makes them easy to hold and maneuver to reach every hair. The tweezers hold tight to hairs, making them easy to pull out quickly and cleanly. I recommend investing in a professional brow session to get an initial perfect shape, then tweezing to maintain the look. Another tip:  always tweeze hairs in an upward motion for the cleanest results.

Chella Brush and Comb

Chella Razor with Brush and Comb

A terrific multi-tasking tool for brows is Chella’s Razor with Brush and Comb. The brush and comb pull off to reveal a razor that quickly removes peach fuzz and hairs too short to tweeze. Be sure to pull your skin tight for the best results, don’t use too much pressure, and use the razor against the grain of the hair growth. The comb and brush are the perfect size for taming unruly brows.  Always brush brow hair upward!

Chella Scissors

Chella Scissors

When you brush brow hair up, it’s easy to see what needs to be trimmed. Chella Scissors take the work out of trimming. The grippy handle ensures there is no slippage, and the rounded edges make trimming safe and easy to do on yourself.

Purchased individually, the three tools would cost $45, so you might as well get the set and enjoy the pretty tool case that comes with it. Plus, there is a handy Brow Shaping Guide with lots of great tips and tricks. Show your brows some love with these great tools!  – Lisa

*samples sent for editorial consideration

Create dreamy brows with Mally Ultimate Performance Dream Brow

Mally Ultimate Performance Dream Brow 7I am always on the hunt for great brow products, and the Mally Beauty Ultimate Performance Dream Brow with Brush ($26) is a fabulous option for creating groomed yet natural looking brows.

Mally Ultimate Performance Dream Brow

Mally Ultimate Performance Dream Brow

dual-ended brow brush and brow gel

dual-ended brow brush and brow gel

Mally Beauty sent us this set that can found on QVC.  Included is a dual-ended brow brush and a gel brow filler.  What makes this special is the gel brow filler.  Instead of the typical flat color that can make brows look unnatural, this has some illumination to it which creates depth.  The result?  A more natural looking brow that beautifully frames the eyes and balances out features.

Spoolie end of brush

Spoolie end of brush

Brow bristle end of brush

Brow bristle end of brush

Mally Beauty Brow Gel

Mally Beauty Brow Gel

swatch of Brow Gel

swatch of Medium Brown Brow Gel

The gel also makes brow hair slightly thicker and provides hold so brows stay in place all day.  I find that the best technique is to first brush brows upward using the spoolie end of the brush.  Next, I dip the angled brush in the brow gel around the edges of the pot – that gives the gel a longer shelf life and keeps it from drying out.  Then, I just brush the gel onto my brows using upward strokes.  I finish with a final upward swipe of the spoolie, and my brows are set for the day.

I use shade Medium Brown, but other shades available include Taupe, Sable, blonde, auburn, and gray.

If you are in the market for a great brow set that creates natural looking brows that stay in place all day, this is the set for you!  – Lisa

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Tarte Cosmetics Fall 2014 collection review and swatches part two

Yesterday, I reviewed the primers and concealers from the exciting new tarte cosmetics Fall 2014 collection.

tarte fall 2014 collage

Today I have the rest of the items tarte sent us.  I love that the packaging features snake skin, because these products are as adaptable as a snake shedding its skin.tarte fall 2014 best in fauxbest in faux lash extending fibers ($19) is very interesting.  The fibers are black, not white, so it almost seems like putting on two different types of mascara.  Start with the tube of lights, camera, lashes mascara to prep lashes for grabbing onto the fibers, follow with the best in faux fiber wand, then finish with another coat of mascara.

tarte Fall 2014 Best in Faux

tarte Fall 2014 Best in Faux

prep, extend, and finish with tarte Best in Faux

prep, extend, and set with tarte Best in Faux

Typically I have big problems with fiber lash enhancers – the fibers bother my eyes and make them very uncomfortable.  But this system works fantastically for me – big huge lashes that wear perfect through the day with no fallout!

Lots of drama with tarte best in faux

Lots of drama with tarte best in faux

I am totally digging the limited-edition Amazonian clay dual eyeliner ($24).  Holy smokes this is good stuff.

tarte Fall 2014 Duo Eyeliner

tarte Fall 2014 dual eyeliner

tarte Fall 2014 Duo Eyeliner in Brown/Black

tarte Fall 2014 dual eyeliner in brown/black

tarte Fall 2014 Duo Eyeliner Brown/Black swatches

tarte Fall 2014 dual eyeliner brown/black swatches

The dual eyeliner comes in a large glass jar with two shades of gel eyeliner.  I have the brown/black duo.  The brown is not a flat brown, it’s more of a shimmery bronze.  This is a super creamy, easy to apply gel liner that has a little play time before drying down to a smudge-free line that just doesn’t budge.  I love using the black on the top lash line and the brown on the bottom lash line.  This dual liner also comes in a green/black duo and a plum/black duo, and I am most definitely buying both of them.

The colored clay tinted brow gel ($21) was a surprise to me.  I am so used to larger, mascara-sized brushes for brow gels that this tiny little brush took me aback at first.

tarte Fall 2014 Colored Clay Tinted Brow Gel

tarte Fall 2014 colored clay tinted brow gel

tarte Fall 2014 Colored Clay Tinted Brow Gel in Medium Brown

tarte Fall 2014 colored clay tinted brow gel in medium brown

The tiny little brush packs a big punch.  I absolutely adore what it does for my brows…they look polished and perfect with just one swipe.  This is a seriously great brow gel that fills in brows and keeps them in place all day.  And the tiny brush is a stroke of genius – the larger ones always leave extra gel that I have to wipe off, so my on-the-thin-side brows love this.

I can’t have a complete eye look without curling my lashes – mine are stick straight without the help.  The be charmed limited edition picture perfect eyelash curler ($19) is a great option that isn’t too small for larger eyes.  Plus, this one includes a removable snake charm and a deluxe size lights, camera, flashes mascara.

tarte Fall 2014 Be Charmed Eyelash Curler

tarte Fall 2014 Be Charmed Eyelash Curler

tarte be charmed eyelash curler with deluxe size lights, camera, flashes mascara

tarte be charmed eyelash curler with deluxe size lights, camera, flashes mascara

tarte be charmed eyelash curler

tarte be charmed eyelash curler

close up of the removable charm

close up of the removable charm

be charmed eyelash curler up close

be charmed eyelash curler up close

Lots of eyelash curlers are too small for my eyes, but the be charmed eyelash curler works with room to spare.  It gives major curl that doesn’t droop by the end of the day.  Take the cool snake charm off and put it on your purse or keychain – snakes are a symbol of spiritual guidance and personal growth, so it’s a perfect reminder that you are on the right path!

wearing best in faux, eyeliner duo, and brow gel

wearing best in faux, dual eyeliner, and colored clay tinted brow gel

lashes curled with be charmed curler, black liner on upper lid, brown liner on lower lid, brow gel and best in faux

lashes curled with be charmed curler, black liner on upper lid, brown liner on lower lid, colored clay tinted brow gel and best in faux

That’s a lot of items for eyes…for lips, the tarte Fall 2014 collection features a new LipSurgence lip gloss ($19) shade, Envy.

tarte lipsurgence in envy

tarte LipSurgence in envy – check out the gold snake-skin cap!

tarte lipsurgence in envy

tarte LipSurgence in envy

tarte lipsurgence in envy swatched

tarte LipSurgence in envy swatched

wearing tarte lipsurgence in envy

wearing tarte LipSurgence in envy

envy is a matte yet shiny mauve berry shade.  It’s a natural shade that gives lips a little ‘oomph’ of color plus a lot of glossy shine.  It keeps my lips looking and feeling moist and lush.  Love it.

Overall, the tarte cosmetics Fall 2014 collection is pretty darn fabulous.  The biggest surprises for me were the dual eyeliner and the colored clay brow gel.  I think my favorite items are the best in faux lash fibers and the be charmed eyelash curler…although there isn’t a clunker in the bunch.  tarte has definitely outdone themselves with this collection.  Thumbs up!  – Lisa

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tarte cosmetics 'eye of the day' with the Fall 2014 collection

tarte cosmetics ‘eye of the day’ with the Fall 2014 collection

tarte cosmetics does eyebrows right!

There are many things that tarte cosmetics does well and that list definitely includes brows. They sent their Amazonian clay volumizing brow and hair powder ($25) and frame worker double ended brow powder brush ($21) to test and my eyebrows are very, very happy.

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tarte

The Amazonian clay volumizing brow and hair powder is full of mineral pigment, and it has the Amazonian clay that locks pigment in place and keeps the color vibrant and true. The brow powder comes in four shades: blonde, medium brown, rich brown, and grey. We were sent the blonde and grey to test.

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tarte grey volumizing hair and brow powder

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tarte blonde volumizing hair and brow powder

swatched

grey and blonde swatched

While the grey obviously isn’t my shade, the blonde is surprisingly perfect for me and I have medium brown hair. A great tip for foolproof brows is to go one or two shades lighter than your normal brow shade. It looks very natural and it brightens the face and makes you look younger.

brows with tarte blonde volumizing hair and brow powder

brows with tarte blonde volumizing hair and brow powder

The brow powder is long wearing and doesn’t fade. It makes brows look full without looking painted or drawn on. The texture isn’t overly powdery; in fact it is quite silky and once applied it looks like natural hair.

This wonderful brow powder does double duty – it also fills in sparse areas on the scalp and covers gray roots. Another plus – these make for beautiful eyeshadows!

A fantastic partner for the Amazonian clay volumizing brow and hair powder is the frame worker double ended brow powder brush ($21). This brush is made from sustainably harvested bamboo and synthetic bristles.

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tarte frame worker double ended brow powder brush

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thin angled end

The thin angled end has just the right amount of firmness for filling in brows. Tap it into the brow powder, then angle it along the natural brow shape and use upward strokes to expertly fill in brows.

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thick angled end

The thicker angled end is fantastic for blending the powder into brows, or for filling in the hairline or thinning spots on the scalp.

I adore both the Amazonian clay volumizing brow and hair powder and the frame worker double ended brow powder brush, and I use them every morning. I give both products my highest recommendation for easy, elegant, and natural looking brows.   – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration